Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice

Paperback | January 1, 1998

EditorKathleen Daly, Lisa Maher

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Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice is an edited collection of accessible articles on gender, crime, and justice. It contains key works in criminology and law by well-known feminist scholars including Carol Smart, Kristin Bumiller, Hilary Allen, MedaChesney-Lind, Kathleen Ferraro, Laureen Snider, and Regina Austin. The 14 selections, chosen for their empirical focus and sophisticated modes of interpretation, raise difficult, unresolved problems for feminist work in criminology. Themes include the construction of women in feminist, legal, andcriminological discourses; the blurred boundaries of victimization and criminalization; masculinities and violence; and the crossroads and intersections of class-race-gender, politics, and justice. Daly and Mahers introductory essay offers a brief overview of the field, past and present, and analyzes the shifts that occurred in feminist thinking between the 1970s and the 1990s. The editors suggest that feminists need to move beyond the familiar critiques of androcentrism in the field. Theypropose that instead of asking Where are the women? or Where is sex/gender in criminology?, feminists should say Here are the women (and men) and Here is sex/gender in criminal law, lawbreaking, and state responses to harm. While acknowledging the current vitality and energy of feminist scholarship,Daly and Maher also suggest that feminists in criminology stand at the crossroads of discourse and realism and of academic and activist knowledge. Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice will challenge and provoke students, making it an essential text not only forgraduates and advanced undergraduates in criminology, law, and the social sciences, but also for scholars interested in becoming more familiar with feminist work.

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Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice is an edited collection of accessible articles on gender, crime, and justice. It contains key works in criminology and law by well-known feminist scholars including Carol Smart, Kristin Bumiller, Hilary Allen, MedaChesney-Lind, Kathleen Ferraro, Laureen Snider, and R...

Kathleen Daly is at Griffith University. Lisa Maher is at University of New South Wales.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Kathleen Daly and Lisa Maher: Crossroads and Intersections: Building from feminist critiquePart I. WOMEN OF FEMINIST, LEGAL, AND CRIMINOLOGICAL DISCOURSES2. Carol Smart: The Woman of Legal Discourse3. Kristen Bumiller: Fallen Angels: The Representation of Violence Against Women in Legal Culture4. Hilary Allen: Rendering Them Harmless: The Professional Portrayal of Women Charged with Serious Violent Crimes5. Kerry Carrington: Postmodernism and Feminist Criminologies: Disconnecting Discourses?Part II. BLURRED BOUNDARIES OF VICTIMIZATION AND CRIMINALIZATION6. Karen A. Joe and Meda Chesney-Lind: "Just Every Mother's Angel": An Analysis of Gender and Ethnic Variations in Youth Gang Membership7. Lisa Maher and Richard Curtis: Women on the Edge of Crime: Crack Cocaine and the Changing Contexts of Street-Level Sex Work in New York City8. Kathleen Daly: Women's Pathways to Felony Court: Feminist Theories of Lawbreaking and Problems of RepresentationPart III. MASCULINITIES AND VIOLENCE9. Patricia Yancey Martin and Robert A. Hummer: Fraternities and Rape on Campus10. Joyce E. Canaan: Is "Doing Nothing" Just Boys' Play? Integrating Feminist and Cultural Studies Perspectives on Working-Class Young Men's Masculinity11. Kenneth Polk: Masculinity, Honour, and Confrontational HomicidePart IV. CROSSROADS AND INTERSECTIONS OF CLASS-RACE-GENDER, POLITICS, AND JUSTICE12. Kathleen J. Ferraro: Policing Woman Battering13. Sherene Razack: What Is to Be Gained by Looking White People in the Eye? Culture, Race, and Gender in Cases of Sexual Violence14. Laureen Snider: Feminism, Punishment, and the Potential of Empowerment15. Regina Austin: "The Black Community," Its Lawbreakers, and a Politics of Identification

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"Very good range of interesting, current issues; important in that it includes both violence against women and women as offenders; also extremely important that analyses of race and culture are incorporated."--Evelyn Zellerer, Florida State University